Use your Minuteman library card number (without spaces) to access the resources below.   If you do not already have a Minuteman card, you can register for an e-card here.  An e-card will allow you to access the resources below. Some resources are limited to Acton residents. If you have questions, please email reference@actonma.gov,  or call 978-929-6543 and leave a message. A staff member will get back to you.


In addition to the resources listed below, residents of Massachusetts may access additional e-resources through the Boston Public Library.  All you need is a BPL e-card.



Library Apps

A number of library services listed below offer mobile apps.




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Ebooks, e-audiobooks, magazines and streaming video available to all Minuteman card holders.  More info and Help





On-demand ebooks, audiobooks, music, movies, and television shows available to Acton residents and residents of other subscribing communities.  More info and Help




Documentaries, indie films, classic films, educational videos and kids' content available to Acton residents and residents of other subscribing communities.  More info and Help




Alphabetical list of Databases


Databases by Subject


Arts & Crafts

Creativebug. Instructional videos on arts & crafts topics.
Limited to Acton residents.


Driving-Tests.org.  Free practice tests based on the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles manual.

 Biography Gale in Context: Biography
Books and authors Gale Literature Resource Center
Business and investing Gale Business: Entrepreneurship
Morningstar Investment Research Center
Remote access is limited to Acton residents.
Reference Solutions (formerly ReferenceUSA)
Remote access is limited to Acton residents.
Value Line Research Center
Remote access is limited to Acton residents.
Peterson's Career Prep (Gale Presents)

Britannica Learning Zone (early childhood)

Britannica Library: Children

Gale in Context: Elementary (for students K-5)

Gale in Context: Middle School  (for student researchers in grades 6-8)

Consumer information ConsumerReports.org
Remote access is limited to Acton residents.
Country studies see under TRAVEL
Education Gale OneFile: Educator’s Reference Complete
Encyclopedias Britannica Library Edition
Britannica Spanish Reference Center

Genealogy & local history

Acton Memorial Library Civil War Archives
American Ancestors (NEHGS)   
Library access only. No remote access.

Ancestry Library Edition
Library access only.

ProQuest has granted Acton residents remote acccess through the end of October 2021. Please use this link for remote access: 


Fold3 Library Edition
Remote access is limited to Acton residents.

MyHeritage Library Edition
Remote access is limited to Acton residents.

General reference Gale Power Search
Gale Academic OneFile
Gale Academic OneFile Select
Gale eBooks (reference books)
Gale General OneFile
Gale in Context: Global Issues
Gale OneFile: High School Edition
  Opposing Viewpoints (Gale in Context)
  Research Companion (ProQuest)
Health and medicine Gale Health and Wellness
Gale OneFile: Health and Medicine
Gale OneFile: Nursing and Allied Health
 History Acton Memorial Library Civil War Archives
Acton Memorial Library Early Town Records
Gale in Context: U.S. History
Gale in Context: World History
Historical Journal of Massachusetts (article index)
 Languages Mango Languages
 Library catalogs Minuteman Library Network Catalog
Commonwealth Catalog (use when an item is not in the Minuteman Catalog)
Massachusetts library networks
Magazine and journal articles Ebsco A to Z (Ejournals finder)
Gale Academic OneFile
Gale General OneFile
Gale Power Search
Newspapers Acton historical newspapers
  Boston Globe (via ProQuest) (1980 - to date). Searchable, text-only database.
  Gale OneFile: News. A comprehensive collection of current and archival news content.  Coverage varies by newspaper. 

MyHeritage Library Edition includes a historical newspaper collection, including Massachusetts Newspapers, 1704-1974.

  NYTimes.com   In-Library access  |  Remote access  Unlimited free access to the New York Times. For both in-library and home access, create an account and log in using that account. Coverage includes 1981 to Current, plus historic coverage 1851-1922. Home Access includes NY Times App and 5 Premium Archive (1923-1980) articles per day. 
  New York Times (via Gale) (1985 - to date). Searchable, text only database. Index coverage 1965 to date. Full text coverage 1985 to date.
 Science Gale in Context: Science
Gale Encyclopedia of Science via Gale eBooks;  all Gale science reference books
Physical Review Journals, Published by the American Physical Society
Library access only. No remote access.
Science Database (ProQuest)
Travel and country studies Global Road Warrior

Funding for online databases is provided by: The Acton Memorial Library; Acton Memorial Library Foundation, Inc.; The Minuteman Library Network; the Massachusetts Library System; and the Boston Public Library with funds provided through the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.       

Problems logging in?  Please call the Reference Department at 978-929-6543, or email us at: reference@actonma.govWhen e-mailing, please provide your Minuteman library card number.